The Unplugged Pastor

Here is a sample of the items currently hiding the wood surface of my desk:

two empty water bottles
two mugs with a tiny bit of coffee in each (I promise I'll wash them today!)
one wedding certificate
two wedding policies
11 unread books
4 unread magazines
100 pages of church business materials
one photo of my dog
two photos of my niece
a to-do list
and a partridge in a pear tree...

Perhaps the partridge is an exaggeration, but I wouldn't be surprised by anything that appears. It's an exciting kind of mess--one that reveals plenty of reading material, beverages shared over conversations, and ministry of the church in action. But it's still a mess that needs attention.

Instead of blogging during this time that I set aside each week, I think it would be better to "unplug" from the web. Instead of writing something new, I will share this piece published by The Church Health Reader entitled, "The Unplugged Pastor." It is a reflection that I wrote in March about the power of "disconnecting" in a sometimes-overly connected world. You may click on the link below to access it.

The Unplugged Pastor

I look forward to being back with you next week--perhaps to reflect theologically on the partridge that I find under my niece's photograph :)

all good things to each of you,
Pastor Darian